The easiest role in a project?

What is the easiest thing that a person with no musical education could do in an orchestra? According to a research I read some time ago (actually, it looks like it’s a lot of time ago as I can’t find any reference online), most people think that the easiest job – one that they could probably do without anybody noticing the difference – is the conductor’s.

700px-eduardo_marturet_dirigiendoPhoto credits: By MariaVictoriaSO (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

This curious idea, carried by a common analogy between the Conductor and the Project Manager roles, keeps coming to my mind every time I head somebody claiming to be a “project manager”, without neither the theoretical knowledge nor, what’s worse, the experience – and this is exactly the reason why I believe that this is good news: the US President Barack Obama has signed the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act into law, enhancing accountability and best practices in project and program management throughout the federal government. The legislation was strongly endorsed by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and was approved by both chambers of Congress with bi-partisan support.


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